Cosmprof is the world’s largest beauty show. Each year more than 1000 exhibitors present new products, tools and techniques– and it can be overwhelming. This year Cosmoprof made it so much easier to process the new and best in beauty. They grouped products into related sections so that I could focus time on a specific area- and find it again for follow-up photos and questions. I spent most of my time at four key ares:
Discover Beauty –Easy to access stations feature carefully curated start-up brands and original products. I “discovered” BlendSmart an innovative automatic brush for applying foundation– and its a game changer. I was also so impressed with a line of products designed to protect the skin from pollution. I recently … Continue Reading… →
Answer: Despite our best intentions, sunburns happen. Its all to easy to forget to reapply sunscreen during the day and by the time the sun goes down, you’re red and achy. To deal with the sunburn I suggest assembling a little sunburn emergency kit in advance. You need just five affordable and easy to find items:
2. A real live Aloe Vera plant
3. A jar of Shea butter
4. A box of Quacker’s Oatmeal
5. Green tea bags
Here’s the drill: When you realize that you’re fried, take two aspirin. This will reduce the inflammation which is the root of the pain and damge to your skin. Then fill a tub with lukewarm water and swish a handful of oatmeal into the water. Get in and soak for 20 minutes. Oatmeal is one of … Continue Reading… →
I’ve been using the Clarisonic Opal for a week and at first I was all thumbs. I had to read the instructions several times before I felt comfortable to try it. It is not like any other device that I had used and I’m especially anxious about using anything around my eyes.
The oval device has a little nubbin that you fill with serum. This pale amber gel had a number of interesting ingredients which had some good science behind them. These included world class antioxidants including green tea and resveratrol and marine peptides, vitamin C to brighten the skin and glycosaminoglycans ( what a mouthful) for firmness.
The Clarisonic instructions were very specific to follow the rim of the eye socket and not to use the device on the … Continue Reading… →
This week the questions concern antioxidants. They seem to be everywhere and in every type of beauty product:
Question 1— Which is more important for anti-aging skin care- antioxidants or Retin A?
Answer — These two wrinkle fighters work in different ways. Antioxidants act to reverse cellular damage caused by UV rays. Retin A works by returning skin cell growth to youthful levels, promotes exfoliation of old tired skin cells and encourages growth of new strong collagen. Its not a matter of which is better– you really need them both, especially in the long sunny summer days. What’s really good news that they are an excellent tag team for reversing skin aging. Each offers unique benefits and they don’t interfere with each other. At night top your Retin A with an antioxidant rich moisturizer. During the day, anti0xidants in a sunscreen add … Continue Reading… →
This week Fashion Flash is hosted by Staness of Menopause Makeover, a great new addition to our blogging carnival. Staness looks at the wide range of physical, emototional, and personal changes that are part of the menopause package. She offers support and advice from bothexperts in the field and women who are dealing with menopause in real time.
After you click through all our blogs, check out the special beauty bonus in the April issue of Woman’s Health. It has a wonderful article on the ten foods which are linked to beautiful skin and features two of my favorite experts– Dr Ellen Marmur of Mount Sinai Hospital who has been my dermatologist for my anti-aging journey in No-Nonsense Beauty Blog and Kari Glassman is one of New Yorks best nutritionists. Together they discuss … Continue Reading… →
Most doctors dismiss the idea that moisturizers can prevent signs of aging– and I believed them. But now new research may change their minds– and mine. A new study just published in the prestigious British Journal of Dermatology suggests that untreated dry skin does indeed lead to lines and wrinkles. Even more interesting, the study found that consistant use of moisturizers clearly prevented the development of permanent wrinkling.
Here’s how it works: Wrinkles develop overtime due to repeated sun damage, hormonal changes and repeated useage from facial expressions. Every time we laugh, eat, shout, smile, talk or squint, we are straining the elastin and collagen fibers in the skin. As the good ( and bad) times go by, the skin gets quite a workout and temporary expressions become permanently etched in our faces. Not to worry! This new study suggests that regular useage of moisturizers ” plasticize” the skin. ( Their word, not mine) . This means that moisturizers, … Continue Reading… →
I really enjoyed this warm sunny weekend. I applied my usual 30SPF sunscreen in the morning and was off to enjoy the day. By 3pm my sunscreen was long gone as I walked through the first sun-filled street fair of the season. By Saturday night my face felt tight and burned. In the past I would have run for a bottle of calamine lotion or aloe gel to cool the burning sensation. This time I turned to a more organic and scientific remedy — a box of Green Tea.
There are impressive well designed studies that show Green Tea can protect skin cells from sunlight induced genetic damage. I brewed up a strong cup of Green Tea and patted a cooled tea bag to my face. I don’t know if this Green Tea rinse actually reversed my sun damage, but by morning my skin felt cool and comfortable.
You see antioxidants advertised in practically everything from baby cereal to low-carb beer. Some experts believe that antioxidants can prevent cancer, heart disease and aging. Other scientists are rather dubious about the health benefits of antioxidants. As with most things in life– the truth lies somewhere in between.
Antioxidants have the ability to subdue unstable molecules known as free- radicals. These bad boys are molecules that have lost an electron. Free radicals crash around cells interferring with routinue functions such as growth, repair and immunity. Things calm down when antioxidants provide the missing electron.
There is no shortage of antioxidants in our environment. The short list of antioxidant- rich items include vitamins A, C and E, olive oil, salmon, green tea, red wine tumeric and sunflower seeds. We have lots of laboratory studies that show anti0xidants can protect cells … Continue Reading… →